No. 5 Florida Tech Cruises By No. 23 McKendree 19-7 At Panther Stadium

By  //  March 14, 2018

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The 5th-ranked Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team picked up its eighth win of the season in dominant fashion on Tuesday night, rolling past No. 23 McKendree (1-2), 19-7, at Panther Stadium. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 5th-ranked Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team picked up its eighth win of the season in dominant fashion on Tuesday night, rolling past No. 23 McKendree (1-2), 19-7, at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers have now won 14 straight home games and 17 in a row versus non-conference opponents.

Sam Schiano and Lauren Tybor led the Crimson and Gray offense with five goals and one assist apiece. Leah Dunn recorded three goals and two assists. Mollie Kaplan tallied a hat trick and Caroline Dunleavy dished out four assists.

Sara Grenier registered a goal and an assist and Hunter Cairo produced the first points of her career with two assists.

Schiano and Olivia Going each collected five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Tybor led all players with eight draw controls and Stephanie Stuart earned her eighth win between the pipes for FIT while making six saves in 30 minutes of action.

Florida Tech dominated the shots department, 45-15, and doubled up the Bearcats in ground balls, 30-15. The Panthers also won 15-of-28 draws in the game.

Tybor and Schiano combined to score the first three goals of the contest for FIT. Mia Fiore found the back of the net for MU to make the score 3-1 with 22:19 to go in the first half.

The Panthers answered with a 7-0 run, including three consecutive goals by Dunn and two man-up tallies, and led 10-1 with 5:30 remaining in the opening frame. A goal by the Bearcats’ Rylee Skachenko brought the margin to 10-2 heading into halftime.

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After the teams exchanged the first two goals of the second half, FIT mounted a 5-0 spurt and grabbed a 16-3 advantage with 17:19 left. With a number of the Panthers’ reserves on the field, the Bearcats recorded four of the final seven goals of the game.

Alexis Townsend produced the final goal of the night with 2:12 to go as Florida Tech went on to earn its fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

The women’s lacrosse team is back in action on Friday, Mar. 16, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at Panther Stadium. Start time for the matchup is set for 5:30 p.m. Fans can access live coverage at FloridaTechSports.com/live

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